Adler University

Doctor of Philosophy in Couple and Family Therapy (PH.D.)


17 N. Dearborn

Suite 2100

Chicago, IL 60602

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Couple and Family Therapy (PH.D.)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our Doctoral of Philosophy in Couple & Family Therapy (DCFT) program prepares recent graduates of clinical master degree programs and experienced clinicians to be advanced practitioners in couple, marriage,
and family therapy as well as leaders in research, teaching, and advocacy.

Our innovative program meets the standards of the Higher Learning Commission and trains clinicians to be socially responsible practitioners well-versed in major models of couple and family therapy. Through our unique focus on social justice, students learn to be professional Couple and Family Therapists who encourage positive change within personal relationships as well as larger social systems. Our immersive curriculum blends intensive coursework, clinical practicum experiences, dissertation, and a full-time internship.

We foster excellence and scholarship in clinical practice with a focus on applying empirically based research to therapy, training, and supervision. Adler University is nationally recognized as a pioneer in graduate education, training culturally competent clinicians who empower individuals and strengthen communities around the globe.

The mission of the DCFT program is to prepare professionals with the core identity of Couple and Family Therapist including the attainment of advanced skills in research, theory, and the application of a systemic framework and identity including an ethical consciousness, cultural competence, and social responsibility. This is achieved through a commitment to our Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes. As evidenced by the program’s mission, goals, and student learning outcomes, the Couple and Family Therapy Department is committed to diversity in a variety of ways including the composition of our faculty, supervisors, and students.

  • Empower people as an expert clinician focused on positive relationship dynamics
  • Broaden your opportunities in research and academia
  • Earn your degree in four years of full-time study or choose from part-time options
  • Pursue your professional goals with real-world, advanced practical experiences tailored to your interests


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

No recent HS Grads. Only accepting students working on or already have a Bachelors or Masters Degree.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Large City

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